Langer’s on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” program produced by Authentic Entertainment. We will appear in the “Between Bread” episode.

The air date for the Langer’s segment is August 4, 2009 at 9:30PM.

The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.

1997 LA Times Story: Heart in the Rye Place

Thanks to Google Alerts, we re-discovered this gem of a story on Langer’s written back in 1997 by Denise Hamilton for the Los Angeles Times. Here’s a sample:

LOS ANGELES — Al Langer, whose pungent pastrami on chewy rye is widely considered the best in Los Angeles, knows it takes more than a tasty sandwich to keep a delicatessen afloat for half a century.

In part, it’s a crapshoot, admits the 84-year-old patriarch of Langer’s Deli, which has seen good times and bad in the MacArthur Park neighborhood where he opened shop 50 years ago this month with $500 in his pocket.

But the scrappy New Jerseyite says it’s also a matter of knowing when to hold, what to fold and how to change with the times.

Take the deli’s location. As the once-prosperous commercial and residential Jewish neighborhood became filled with struggling Central American refugees, Langer held on, convinced that there would always be customers for his matzo brei, kippers and those fat, famous sandwiches.

Maybe so, but not at night or on Sundays anymore.

Click here to read the entire article – it’s worth it.

Sonia Romero Westlake Metro Station Artwork

MosaikaDesign.com has an interesting visual collection of the many tiles created by artist Sonia Romero for the Westlake Metro station. Her work includes a great one of Norm and Al Langer, sitting in a booth at the restaurant.

Click here to view the entire collection now.

LA Weekly’s Jonathan Gold: Langer’s one of 99 Essential LA Restaurants

The LA Weekly’s famed food critic Jonathan Gold has named Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant one of LA’s 99 Essential Restaurants:

…bite into a Langer’s pastrami sandwich: thick slices of hand-sliced meat, glistening with peppery fat, as dense and as smoky as Texas barbecue; thick-cut seeded corn rye, hot, crisp-crusted and soft inside, with a slightly sour tang that helps tame the richness of the meat; a dab of yellow mustard as important to the whole as a sushi master’s wasabi. The fact is inescapable: Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in America…

Click here to read the entire article.

Thank you, LA Weekly and thank you, Jonathan!

Los Angeles Magazine names Langer’s 2009 Best of LA

Langer’s is proud to announce we have been selected by Los Angeles Magazines as part of their 2009 Best of LA for “cheap eats.” Thank you, LA Magazine! Click here to read the story on their website.

Norm Langer Receives Top Hot Tamale of LA Award

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant’s is pleased to announce Norm Langer has been named one of 10 recipients of the first annual Top Hot Tamales of Los Angeles Awards! The award “honors 10 community builders who have helped begin to change the MacArthur Park neighborhood from a ‘crime-filled point of destination’ into a ‘growing art, business, cultural, educational, recreational, residential, service, and social point of destination.'”

The 10 recipients are:

  • LA Councilmember Ed P. Reyes – First District;
  • LA Police Chief William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department;
  • Bishop J. Jon Bruno, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles;
  • Arturo Martinez, Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office;
  • Albert Torres, Interim Chief Park Ranger/ Department of Recreation and Parks;
  • Barbosa Polverini, Board Member, Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park;
  • Karen Mack, Executive Director, LA Commons;
  • Jackie Jones, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment Business Development Center;
  • Norm Langer, Langer’s Delicatessen and Restaurant;
  • Joe Colletti, PhD, Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development.

Norm is thrilled and honored to receive this award with such an auspicious grouping of individuals who make a difference here in Los Angeles. Thank you!

One happy customer

Why not you? Langer’s has the honor of serving everyone: all ages, lifestyles, cultures and backgrounds. Visit us soon – we look forward to serving you.

Jaunted.com recommends Langer’s

Our thanks to Jaunted.com (“The Pop Culture Travel Guide”) for their review of Langer’s and in particular, our #19 sandwich:

You’ll realize this is a special place once you set eyes on their signature item: the legendary hot pastrami sandwich, piled high on rye bread, topped with swiss cheese and coleslaw; kosher dills on the side.

In the eyes of many eaters, it’s this smoky, spicy sandwich that makes Langer’s stand above its many LA competitors.

Click here to read the entire review and visit their site. Thank you, friends at Jaunted! We appreciate your words of support.

LAist: Langer’s Fries

LAist.com has an interesting post on favorite french fries – and features a great image of Langer’s crinkle-cut fries as part of the story. Click here to check it out for yourself.

KTLA 5’s Sam Rubin at Langer’s

KTLA 5’s Sam Rubin had $100 to spend as part of the station’s Steals & Deals in Downtown LA – so he chose Langer’s and fed EIGHT PEOPLE plus takeout for just over $100!

Thanks to Sam and Channel 5 KTLA for thinking of us – we had a great time and hope you come back soon!

Jonathan Gold: “Langer’s, the Lourdes of Jewish deli meats”

Our favorite restaurant critic (and everyone else’s, for that matter), Jonathan Gold of the LA Weekly, recently answered reader mail with a wonderful metaphor for Langer’s:

My instinct, of course, is to point you toward Langer’s, which is the Lourdes of Jewish deli meats. Langer’s corned beef is steamed to exquisite tenderness, and the crunchy-edged seeded rye bread is superb. Langer’s knows from Russian dressing and is if anything rather overgenerous with the sauerkraut. I have long sworn fealty to what I have come to know as Old Number 44, although to tell the truth, I prefer the nippy cheese to the traditional slice of Swiss. (A Reuben is decidedly not kosher.)

You can read the entire post here at the LAWeekly.com site.

Thank you, as always, Jonathan, for your support – from the Langer’s family.

Thank you, Jonathan Gold and LA Weekly!

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant has been named by Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold as one of the “99 Essential LA Restaurants”! We are so proud and so thankful to Jonathan and the LA Weekly, where his column runs, for this great honor. Make sure you click here to visit the complete article at LA Weekly.com, but here’s an excerpt from Jonathan that we particularly love:

…bite into a Langer’s pastrami sandwich: thick slices of hand-sliced meat, glistening with peppery fat, as dense and as smoky as Texas barbecue; thick-cut seeded corn rye, hot, crisp-crusted and soft inside, with a slightly sour tang that helps tame the richness of the meat; a dab of yellow mustard as important to the whole as a sushi master’s wasabi. The fact is inescapable: Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in America…

Visit Jonathan’s article here. Thank you, Jonathan and LA Weekly!